Report: White House to remove Tillerson as Secretary of State

By Jeff Tavss - Executive Producer, Associated Press
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon be removed from his position according to the New York Times.

The Times reports Tillerson's removal will take place within the next few weeks. Current CIA director Mike Pompeo would reportedly replace Tillerson.

U.S. officials and individuals familiar with White House plans have spoken about the possibility of a broad shakeup in President Donald Trump's national security team. But the timing of such a change is unclear.

Also unclear is whether Pompeo has been approached about the Cabinet reshuffle, but another administration official said he is open to taking the job.

While the report claims President Trump has yet to sign off on the plan, it would not come as a surprise as the two have butted heads throughout the year over the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea.

Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron," a charge the secretary did not deny.

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